New addition May linked to former Brewer Podsednik
Veteran minor league catcher Lucas May will be reporting alongside other early reports to Spring Training Saturday after Milwaukee agreed to terms on a minor league contract January 30.
May, 29, began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization when the team selected him with the eighth round pick in 2003.
The catcher played his first four professional seasons as a utility player primarily as a shortstop and left fielder from 2003-2006.
His best season came in 2007 as a member of High A Inland Empire where he belted 25 home runs with 89 RBI in 128 games. He also collected a career high 25 doubles and added three triples in his career season.
Baseball America took notice of his skills as a catcher and named him the Dodgers 17th ranked prospect following the 2007 season.
However, strikeouts plagued the Missouri native when he fanned 130 times in 2006 and 107 times during the 2007 season.
Los Angeles traded May prior to the trade deadline to the Kansas City Royals for former Brewers’ All-Star Scott Podsednik.
May batted .296 with 13 doubles and 11 home runs for the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League before the trade. He also drove in 45 runs and scored 43 times in 73 games for the Dodgers’ Triple A affiliate.
The catcher made his sole appearance in the Major Leagues in 2010 as a member of the Kansas City Royals.
In 12 games with the Royals, he batted in six runs and snagged a double before being demoted back to the minors.
Following his stay with the Royals’ organization he was dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a small minor league trade.
The catcher’s numbers have steadily declined since the 2010 season and eventually served as reserve catcher for four different organizations including stops with Buffalo of the International League (Mets) and the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh).
May will likely be relegated to reserve duty with either Nashville or Huntsville following the departure of long-time Brewers’ farmhand Anderson De La Rosa, who left for the Los Angeles Angels’ organization early in the off-season.
With the Brewers’ minor league signing of veteran catcher Matt Pagnozzi, nephew of former Major Leaguer Tom, and retention of Robinzon Diaz – he will be faced with being third on the Sounds catching depth chart.